Violence Drives Congolese To Uganda

Posted On 27 Jul 2011
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More than 130 Congolese have camped at Nteko, Nyabwishenya Sub-county, in Uganda. The police said the refugees are majorly children and women, fleeing violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The south-western regional police commander, Ms Olivia Wawiire, said the Congolese were being screened in Kisoro before they settle in Nakivale refugee settlement camp, a home to various Congolese nationals.

“We have previously received one or two in a day but this number is overwhelming,” Ms Wawiire said. She said the police was working with the United Nations Human Rights Commission to ensure that those who pass the screening are settled immediately.

The international media has recently reported that some 248 Congolese women claimed they were raped by soldiers last month in the eastern part of DR Congo, a region the UN has called the world’s “rape capital.”